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The Art of Reasoning
by David Kelley
The Third Edition has been meticulously updated and continues the successful pedagogical approach of the two previous editions, guiding students through the fundamental elements of formal deductive logic, classification and definition, fallacies, basic argument analysis, inductive generalization, statistical reasoning, and explanation.
Paperback, 704 pages
Published January 17th 1998 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published January 1st 1988)
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Sep 15, 2013 Parnell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in logic, reasoning, and critical thinking
A wonderful introduction to, not just logic, but rational thought and exposition in general. It provides a weak foundation in logic (a formal study of logic would do well after reading this book) followed by a thorough treatment of forming arguments, analyzing arguments, and fallacies.
Apr 27, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 5 of 5 stars
In rating and reviewing what is in effect a textbook I ask, could I study this on my own and master a subject? In this case, I think the answer is yes. This is clear, readable, and includes useful and well-designed exercises to drive the lessons home. As Kelley puts in it in the introduction: "This is a book about thinking. It's a book about how to think." Mastering logic is definitely useful in promoting clear thinking, and in evaluating and shaping convincing arguments. It's useful in particul ...more